Talk:Features/BetterHostname

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  • What about KIO support? And in things like KDM? This calls itself "xdg", but sounds very much GNOME-specific to me. --Kkofler 23:25, 19 November 2009 (UTC)
    • It's a D-Bus service, so anything you would want in KDE might use it. --Hadess 00:59, 20 November 2009 (UTC)
    • To answer Kevin's question, the GIO api that is mentioned in the feature page is a convenience api so that not every consumer of this needs to talk the dbus api itself. It is really just extending the already-existing g_get_hostname() to cover this. --mclasen 14:41, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Would adding a per machine signature in there be good? The front ends coded to consume the data don't have to use it if they don't want to clutter their UI but it would let a UI that wanted to inform the user that the machine claiming to be "Secure Corporate Storage" is no longer the same. That seems like it would be a clear improvement over the current situation and make this more worthwhile to announce as a feature. --abadger1999 19:08, 20 November 2009 (UTC)
  • This feature is confusing to me, (judging from today's FESCo meeting transcript, I'm not the only one). I suggest not using the term "Hostname" at all. Windows uses the term "Computer Description", and that sounds similar to what's being described here. --Ktdreyer 19:54, 20 November 2009 (UTC)
  • It would be useful to have an overview of what is the underlying problem xdg-hostname wants to solve. It seem like there are a few assumptions in the proposal that requires validation. Pretty names look nice and all, but hostnames have security related problems. For example trusting Avahi advertized hostnames is an inherent security risk, that's why corporate workstations have avahi completely disabled. I also agree with Ktdreyer that if the point of this xdg-hostname is to just provide a pretty name then xdg-hostname is a bad choice for it. It should be xdg-pretty-machine-nmae or something like that. --simo 20:25, 20 November 2009 (UTC)